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Stephen McDonnell keeping faith with Warrenpoint

Warrenpoint Town 0 Carrick Rangers 3

By Steven Beacom

Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell was in measured mood after seeing his side lose at home to Carrick Rangers.

Stewart Nixon netted a hat-trick, twice taking advantage of poor play by Town in the first period and scoring a penalty after the break.

After the previous home loss to Cliftonville, McDonnell lashed out at his players. He was more circumspect this time, though offered no sympathy to Dermot McVeigh who was sent off on 26 minutes for kicking out at Nixon.

"We are massively disappointed and we are disjointed at the moment which reflects on myself, the staff and the players and we don't want to be branded with that tag," said McDonnell.

"Last time we were here, emotions were high. I won't repeat that error. It's a process. There are 32 more games to go and we are only one point behind Institute. We have to keep believing."

Carrick boss Niall Currie said: "Stewart is a special talent and it was great to see him score a hat-trick. Overall I thought it was one heck of a performance from all the boys."

WARRENPOINT: Moran, White (Smith, 35 mins), Reilly, McVeigh, O'Sullivan, Doyle, Forde (Prendergast, 77 mins), Lynch, O'Connor (Scannell, 35 mins), Wallace, Donnelly. Unused subs: Turker, Bennett, O'Kane.

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CARRICK: Hogg, Neale, Surgenor, Rodgers, Chapman, Faulkner (Hassin, 72 mins), Kelly, Nixon (Sanusi, 84 mins), Ferrin, Smith (Keke, 59 mins), Anderson. Unused subs: McAuley, Carson, Loughran, McDermott.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Man of the match: Stewart Nixon

Match rating: 7/10

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